Let's Play The Hiring Game

Your ad:

WANTED: Right-handed hitter capable of playing right field, but more importantly DHing 60% (or more) of the time. Pay ranges from 400k-1 mil.

Your applicants vitals (defense numbers are from Justin)

Player 1: 27 years old, .841 OPS versus LHP, worth 1.1 runs in right field last season.

Player 2: Soon to be 28 years old, .879 OPS versus LHP, worth -4.3 runs in right field last season.

Player 3: Soon to be 31 years old, .900 OPS versus LHP, worth -1.4 runs in right field last season.

You decide to do some quick wOBA (against lefties) work and find the following:

Player 1: .362 wOBA versus lefties

Player 2: .377 wOBA versus lefties

Player 3: .385 wOBA versus lefties.

RHB League Average: .340 wOBA versus lefties

All together now, defensive + offensive values (which are figured by the following formula: Player wOBA - League wOBA/1.15, then multiplied by the number of PAs you want, we'll say 450.)

Player 1: 1.1 + 8.33 = 9.43 runs

Player 2: -4.3 + 14.68 = 10.38 runs

Player 3: -1.4 + 17.44 = 16.04 runs

You compare these numbers to their probable salary demands based on 2008:

Player 1: likely 1 mil+

Player 2: likely 1.2 mil+

Player 3: 800k at most

Now character perks:

Player 1: Encouraging

Player 2: Loyal

Player 3: Has big feet

Who do you hire?

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